The Grand Tour Trailer is out!

The trailer for the second series of the Grand Tour has been released and of course it’s the usual spectacle of high-speed hijinks, explosions and fast cars. The trio of ex Top Gear presenters have had a much better run of luck than the new Top Gear presenters, but it is yet to be seen if The Grand Tour will be as bigger success as their run with the BBC. The first series of the Grand Tour had some chips in the paintwork but was overall an enjoyable entertaining show.

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If The Grand Tour can change a few things (personally I hope Celebrity Brain Crash burns in hell for eternity) they can either recover this skid from the ditch it’s heading for or turn it into a magnificent drift in their case. The trailer sees a number of fantastic cars, such as the new McLaren 720S, the Bugatti Chiron, a Lancia 037 and even the worlds fastest tank called the Ripsaw, which even featured in the recent Fast and Furious movie.

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Then of course we saw a bit that we’ve all been waiting for, the Rimac. The 1000BHP electric super car that tried to kill our favourite Hamster. Whilst the crash was terrifying to hear about, I am hoping that the Grand Tour film crew managed to get good footage of it, as the shaky phone camera footage doesn’t really show what happen after he went off the road.

Overall I’m excited for the new series. What do you think of the new trailer? Sound off in the comments.

See my review of the first series of the Grand Tour here at Motor Verso.

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Richard Hammond is fine everyone.

Richard HammondSo as a lot of you have probably already heard Richard Hammond of The Grand Tour and Top Gear fame crashed another car quite badly in Switzerland during filming for the next series of The Grand Tour. Thankfully Richard is fine and only came out with a broken knee in what could have been a much more serious accident. Richard was driving the new Rimac Concept One electric super car at the time one of only eight (now seven) ever made.

Richard has since sat down with Rimac owner Mate Rimac and journalist Alistair Weaver to go over the incident and in some ways reassure his fans that he is in fact fine. In the video the trio discuss the crash itself obviously but also go into the Concept One itself along with what they were actually doing there in Switzerland in the first place, it’s a very interesting watch and I encourage you all to watch it here.

Rimac Concept one.pngRichard did say that despite the crash the next series of The Grand Tour is still on schedule for its October release. The show itself will likely still feature the crash due to the massive publicity from it, but also after Hammonds previous crash in a jet car the trio went over the crash in detail on Top Gear after Hammonds return.

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Top Gear: Series 23 Round up

 

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Now I haven’t talked much about the new Top Gear here as I’ve done a round up of each episode on Motor Verso (see links below) but I’ve decided to leave a whole round up piece here for your reading pleasure. First of all id just like to say I think it’s a good thing Chris Evans has decided to step down from Top Gear, as I don’t think he was popular any where at any point during the series, whether it was pressure from the BBC big bosses or his own decision, I think it was the right one. Nothing against Chris himself, in the right setting I find him quite an entertaining guy, but he wasn’t the right man for the job, he had little to no chemistry with any of his co presenters, and it felt at time like the Chris Evans show, with other characters thrown in for good measure.

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Another bad point for this reinvention of the show is the Star in a reasonably priced ‘Rallycross’ car segment. Having the guests introduce each other was incredibly awkward, and if you read my wrap up was increasingly infuriating as the series went on. Old Top Gear would generally only have the one guest, this gave more time to actually interviewing them, the only time they had pairs of guests on was when they were both ‘plugging’ the same show/ film so they had experience around one another, which meant good chemistry between them and Jeremy. On new Top Gear having two guests on who have nothing to do with one another left Chris struggling to pull of two interviews at the same time, it really didn’t work.

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Finally on to the good points of the new show. First of all I’d like to mention the new upgrades to the track, with the off road sections, jump and water splash. Whilst the interview segments were frankly horrible, the new upgrades to the track gave the star in a rallycross car segment a refreshing new twist. The old segment had gotten stale and with them changing the car what felt like every couple of series, I feel if the segment is continued in the next series it could be a great part of the show. Also I think 4 out of the 6 presenters are excellent, if a little under utilized this series. Sabine was barely in this series, appearing only when The Stig wasn’t available.

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The two presenters I wouldn’t bring back are the already gone Chris Evans of course, but also Eddie Jordan. Whilst he didn’t appear much in the series, when he did he was awkward and not really very funny, playing the spoons on a luxury train to Venice, damaging a Mercedes whilst driving off road, both these occasions weren’t funny or exciting, and he really didn’t bring anything to the show. The stars of the show however have been Chris Harris and Rory Reid. Of course if you’ve ever searched for cars on the internet, you’ll be aware of Chris Harris, he is arguably one of the best motoring journalists on the planet right now, and its great he’s finally getting the wider audience he deserves. Rory Reid, I wasn’t aware of prior to the show, and hadn’t had much experience with him but he’s a really great addition to the show, and one that could out shine the others given the chance. All of this despite the fact he’s been held back with ‘real world’ car reviews, cars that the common man might actually get a chance to buy.

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Finally I want to talk about Matt LeBlanc, who is likely to be replacing Chris Evans as the lead presenter, whilst I was nervous about him coming in, being an actor rather than a journalist, I think he has shown that he has the ability to become quite enjoyable to watch, and he showed this in the first episode whilst driving the Arial Nomad. I do hope he stops playing the confused American which will almost certainly grow tiresome in a very short time, an I also hope he doesn’t revert back to his Joey character from friends which it felt he was starting to in his 911R feature in the last episode. Overall I think the first series of the new team was very hit and miss, some things were great, others not so much. Its difficult to say if the next series will be better, because the lead presenter has just left the show, meaning the whole thing could go into disarray, but I think there is a future for the new Top Gear and I think that futures bright.

 

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Links to articles:

New Cast, New Rules, New Top Gear

Top Gear – Making Progress

Top Gear – Third Times the Charm

Top Gear – Things can only get better

Top Gear – The Good, The Bad and the Rolls Royce Dawn

Top Gear – The Finale

Matt LeBlanc signs on to the Sinking Ship

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So Friends star Matt LeBlanc has joined the new version of Top Gear. Now on the face of it he seems quite a good choice, he has a passion for cars, he’s a well-known name, and he has the fastest time around the old Top Gear Test track in the Kia Cee’d. But I guarantee it will not be easy for him, first of all we have no proof that he can talk intelligently while driving, a similar problem suffered by Chris Evans. Whilst he likes cars, we have no proof that he actually knows anything about them. And thirdly being a huge American star he may take power from Chris Evans, who whilst well known in the UK, is pretty much unheard of around the rest of the world, a problem for such an international show.

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The new version of Top Gear looks to be struggling quite a bit, as Evans has been seen throwing up out of a car on the track, he crashed a new Jaguar on his first time on the track, and lastly he can’t talk whilst driving, surely an essential skill for a Top Gear presenter. The problem with new Top Gear is I feel the BBC didn’t realise what talents they had in Clarkson, Hammond and May, all three had a background in motoring journalism, prior to Top Gear, so far the only one with experience is motoring journalist Chris Harris, who is still yet to be confirmed as a presenter (also another unknown presenter in the wider world)

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Whilst I agree the BBC had no other choice but to not renew Clarkson’s contract, I feel they should have let the show die there rather than drag the shows name through the mud with three years of crap. But the BBC need the money, I guarantee the show will never get the record breaking viewing figures of the Clarkson Hammond and May era, which isn’t what I think the BBC is expecting. They seem to be expecting everything to be the same just with fewer complaints and more control over the product, its not gonna happen BBC just let it go.

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The New Rumoured Top Gear line up

Top Gear Presenter rumours surrounding the reinvention of Top Gear have been going since Clarkson left, but we now appear to have three clear candidates for the show. Hidden Philip Glenister is rumoured for one of the roles, the Life On Mars star has been on old Top Gear before as the Star In a Reasonably Priced Car. But could now be set to present the show. His car knowledge might not be up to scratch though as the only similar thing he’s done is For the Love of Cars, kind of a Wheeler Dealers Clone, which worries me as they were even asking the question, “Could the Golf GTI be seen as a Classic.” on the previous episode. Jodie Kidd Jodie Kidd is also rumoured for a role in the show, she currently present The Classic Car show on Channel 5 with Top Gear alumni Quentin Wilson. I would think Jodie would be taking up the Richard Hammond role of the group. When she appeared on old Top Gear she almost went to the top of the leader board in the Suzuki Liana. She also helped Jeremy defeat the Australians in a double decker car race. Guy Martin

The third and final member of the new crew is Guy Martin, a man more famed for his work with motorbikes than cars. He has his own show on Channel 4 in which he tries to beat numerous world records in vehicles, such as fastest speed on a pushbike. His credentials behind a steering wheel though could be called into question whilst he’s good on a bike and is certainly daring is he any good as a driver. However whoever they choose it doesn’t matter. The reason Top gear worked before was because of the rapport the stars had with each other. They were willing to openly insult each other on the show and nobody cared it was just three old men having a laugh. I don’t see this as being the same. I just can’t see the three of them having a good relationship with each other. I can see Philip and Guy getting on well together but Jodie is the wild card. Not because she’s a woman, its because she is from a different world, Phil and Guy are from similar backgrounds, Jodie was a model. Whilst she was a racing driver he career was very short and very underwhelming old Top gear worked because two of the presenters could gang up on the other. With this configuration if Guy and Philip were to gang up on Jodie that would be deemed sexist and would put the show in jeopardy yet again. I just don’t know how this can work.

The Daily Mirror has Killed Top Gear

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Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the past week you will probably have heard about the Jeremy Clarkson n-word scandal. But if you haven’t here it is briefly. Jeremy Clarkson was heard to mumble the n-word during an outtake for Top Gear whilst singing the classic eenie meenie minie mo choice rhyme. Clarkson has since apologised on twitter with a video. But the BBC has called Jeremy in for a meeting and said that if he offends one more person he will be fired.

Top Gear is successful and the most watched show on the planet for one reason, the relationship between the presenters. With Clarkson under this incredibly short leash he can’t be himself he has always been the close to the line character he is now and removing that by shackling him will destroy the entertainment value of the show. Clarkson could ignore the BBC anyway and be himself but always someone somewhere will be offended by something said on Top Gear. This means that he will be sacked probably by the end of the next series. And without Jeremy Top Gear is done. I also don’t think Richard or James will continue without him. Both in being a friend to Jeremy and not ruining the show.

 

So congratulations Piers Morgan you’ve finally won you’ve killed the most successful show ever all in a petty feud with Jeremy.

Dave has killed Top Gear

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The UK TV channel Dave has killed Top Gear many people complain about Top Gear being horribly stale and boring. They never had this problem many years ago, but since the inception of Dave they have just been showing repeats of Top Gear. This reminds people of the old top gear when it was more about cars.

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If Top Gear wants to return to form it needs to stop being repeated on Dave. This will stop reminding people of old Top Gear and excite people when a new series of Top Gear comes on the TV. Just like the good old days. Yes I am aware it is quite easy to find top gear online but that is done by choice. Dave throws it in your face all day, and because daytime TV is crap it’s the only thing to watch.

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Personally I think Top Gear has run its course now anyway after 22 series they have reached the limit of what they can do. Truck driving done, van driving done, super car drive across the world done, they only have space to cover now… oh no they’ve done that as well. When they start repeating themselves you now they’ve run out of ideas (amphibious cars).

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Top Gear has to end, as they can’t get new presenters because they will always be in the shadow of Jeremy, Richard and James. People may complain about the foreign versions of Top Gear such as USA and Australia but personally I enjoy them they are fresh and new but still the same as Top Gear UK. They never will reach the hype of Top Gear UK as its not Jeremy Richard and James presenting.

Top Gear Series 20 is OVER

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So Series 20 of Top Gear has finished, and frankly that’s annoying because it felt like they’d just got into their stride. This is the problem with the 6 show series Top Gear does. When the first show starts it not the best and by the end of the series they’ve managed to put together a brilliant show, but then it finishes.

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Top Gear has always been a mixture of great car tests, races and cheap car challenges, then they have the stupid stunts (Hover Van, Peel P45, Caravan Holiday) personally I have gone off the stupid stunts, everyone knows they’re faked and they’re starting to get annoying.

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This time the guests for the Star in the Reasonably Priced Car were very very good even though some of them were just there to plug things such as Hugh Jackman with The Wolverine. Most of the guests seemed liked they actually wanted to be there, especially the last guest Mark Webber. Who seemed especially keen to beat a certain Future ex teammate. It also seemed clear that hes not Sebastian Vettel’s biggest fan, I share his view.

Top Gear is Back

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Yes Top Gear has returned for its 20th series, and may I say this series has started with a bang. It began with Richard Hammond testing three hot hatches, the Peugeot 208GTI, the Renault Sport Clio and the Ford Fiesta ST. Now if you’ve been here before you’ll know I’m a massive fan of fast Fords and it seems Top Gear are as well as they think although it wasn’t the fastest of the three setting a time of 1:32.7 they still believe that it will be future classic and personally I agree.

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The second segment of the show was a race between James May in a catamaran (boat for non-nautical people) which was captained by Olympic champion Sir Ben Ainsley and Jeremy in the fastest car in the world, no not the Bugatti Veyron SS but a Toyota corolla 1.8. No that’s not a joke the thing is, it’s a hire car meaning you can do whatever the hell you want with it and as can be seen Jeremy does.

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The third section in the show was the reveal of their brand new Reasonably Priced Car and surprisingly not some boring Asian heap of junk like all previous RPC’s. This time it’s a Vauxhall Astra with a lifetime warranty the guests they had come to their BBQ was: Brian Johnson of ACDC, Charles Dance of Game of thrones, actor Warwick Davis (which they had fun with him not being able to reach the pedals), singer Joss Stone, comedian Jimmy Carr, heavy-weight boxer David Haye, Rachel Riley of Countdown and The Gadget show fame and Mike Rutherford from the band Genesis. Quite a good list I think you’ll agree with Brian Johnson leading the new board and Mike Rutherford at the bottom.

Overall I think this episode was brilliant, Top Gear hasn’t been that amazing for a while but this episode was brilliant I haven’t laughed all the way through an episode for quite a while and this episode brought it back with a bang and I’m so happy it has.

Where does Top Gear go from here

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Top Gear recently finished their 19th season. Many people think that the show has become way to stale and scripted. I for one agree with these people. The show which hasn’t been right for a while, recently finished with their first ever two part Christmas (even though it was march) special finding the source of the river Nile. This although being better than the previous Christmas special in India was still not the greatest.

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I think that the show should go to Australia, as it’s an area the show hasn’t really touched on other than testing the Vauxhall VXR8/ Holden Monaro and the Holden Maloo. The team all really liked them so I find it confusing that they haven’t touched on the rest of the Australian cars. Australia seems to be completely left out. TG has been to America, Bolivia, the North Pole most of Europe and even China yet they have left Oz completely untouched.

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Australia is one of the key places in the world and yet it hasn’t been touched. We only see one challenge with Oz and that was filmed in the UK with the Australian TG team. As for the scripted and stale nature of the show I don’t think you can do anything. To have it unscripted you need for things to happen naturally and if nothing happens then you have no show. Top Gear would be even worse if their were no jokes scripted or not and the cars all ran perfectly fine with nothing going wrong they would get a lot more complaints.